Government Relations Manager

Job Description

Living Goods has proven a cost effective, high-impact community health care model that is changing how government thinks about delivery of frontline community services. Significantly reducing Under-5 mortality at less than $2 per capita, Living Goods aspires to revolutionize how governments across Africa deliver community health with a goal of not only saving the lives of children and serving millions of underserved, but providing a strong, economic driver to developing countries.

Living Goods seeks an experienced and passionate Government Relations Manager to join our team. This critical role will develop initial relationships with District Government, set up District entry meetings, follow up to answer questions and establish appropriate expectations. Ensure MOU is signed with DHO, DHE, MCH Focal person and CAO.

The ideal candidate has worked across senior levels of District Government, designed and developed MOUs. He or she is knowledgeable about healthcare, and passionate about driving innovation in government; understands the government budgeting processes and how to influence and advocate across a breadth of stakeholders.

Key Responsibilities:

For new Districts:

Establish initial relationships with District Governments, set up District entry meetings, follow up to answer questions and establish appropriate expectations.
Ensure MOU is signed with DHO, DHE, MCH Focal person and CAO.

For all Districts of operation:

Manage ongoing the communication with Districts, including meetings and performance updates.
Engage in health planning meetings at the District level and positively position Living Goods in their plans.
Provide communication tracking for all Districts to ensure that we are attentive to and engaged with all relationships.
Represent Living Goods at local government – District and Municipality – meetings, and maintain engaged relationships.
Oversee the preparation of reports to the Districts and Health facilities. Ensure that quarterly District and health facility reports are submitted in a timely manner.
Ensure effective communication of plans, meetings and issues that surface at District are effectively communicated at LG offices.
Work with Branch staff to help support District relations, including setting up protocols and communication mechanisms, so they can both help with, and report back on relationships.
Assist branch teams to establish relationships with health centers, set up protocols and processes to support and monitor health center relationships.
Map out implementing partners at the District level to strengthen collaboration
With partners and Districts, coordinate and ensure proper documentation of project interventions

Minimum Qualifications

Project Management experience– ability to see the big picture, attention to detail and excellent organization skills.
5-8 years of work experience with and/or involving close association with elected officials, staff and/or government agencies.
University degree in Clinical or Public Health, Social Sciences, Business Administration, Management or related subjects. Post-graduate training in management a plus. Project Management certification desirable.
Solid understanding of the functioning of Uganda’s Health System.
Excellent written (report writing), oral, interpersonal, communication, and facilitation skills and a keen sense of understanding for advocacy to get government support for the project and its sustainability in the future
Demonstrated problem-solving skills.
Expertise in engaging stakeholders spanning local/community, district and national.
Strong skills in knowledge management and translation (implementation to policy).
Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment.
Self-driven; able to prioritize work according to importance/deadlines while meeting conflicting work demands.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Willingness to travel across Uganda approximately 30% of the time and periodically stay up-country.

Compensation

A competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with experience including health insurance and bonus opportunity. The opportunity to be your best while making lives better for those in need.

What is Living Goods?

Living Goods supports networks of ‘Avon-like’ micro-entrepreneurs who go door-to-door teaching families how to improve their health and wealth while selling affordable, high-impact products like basic medicines, fortified foods, water filters, clean cook stoves, and solar lights. Living Goods seeks nothing less than a disruptive reinvention of distribution in the developing world, through networks of franchised micro-entrepreneurs who leverage Living Goods’ brand, buying power and mobile marketing tools to deliver vital products at accessible prices to the people who need them most. By combining the best practices from the worlds of micro-enterprise, franchising and public health, Living Goods is creating a fully sustainable system to improve the health, and wealth, of the poor.

Living Goods has been featured in The New York Times, NBC News, The Economist, and The Huffington Post

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Communications officer @ ChildFund International

Vacancy title:
Communications officer

Jobs at:
ChildFund International

Deadline of this Job:
3rd February, 2017

Duty Station:
Kampala

Job details:
For over seventy years, ChildFund international has provided support to deprived, excluded and vulnerable children to have the capacity to improve their lives and opportunities to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change to their communities. We promote societies whose individuals and institutions participate in valuing, protecting and advancing the worth and rights of children. Our core commitment is child-centered change that will ensure healthy and secure infants, educated and confident children, and youth who are skilled and engage meaningfully in the affairs and decision making processes within their communities.

ChildFund Uganda is working in over 30 districts to develop the capacities of local community based organizations to be able to mobilize resources and implement programs that improve the well-being of deprived, excluded and vulnerable children.
ChildFund Uganda seeks to recruit suitably qualified, self-driven and result-oriented candidates for the following position:

JOB SUMMARY: To provide strong and strategic communications direction and support to ChildFund Uganda, through the management of the communications function that is focused to send the essential communications needs of ChildFund Uganda. This will include: overseeing the production of key communications resources for donor and public engagement; positioning ChildFund with in-country and international media and manage internal communications processes which support and advance the strategic goals of ChildFund and its core functions.

KEY RULES AND RESPONSIBILITIES DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Strategy development: Support the development and implementation of an integrated and effective communication strategy with internal and external stakeholders of ChildFund for building of a high-performance communications function that is managed, structured and focused for productive and quality work. Provide support in the development, implementation and monitoring of strategies for internal and external communication.
  • Internal Communications Management: Ensure that key internal communications messages and products of ChildFund are skillfully developed and articulated for meeting their objectives.
  • Donor/Public Engagement: Manage the planning and production of compelling and issues-oriented fundraising, advocacy and publicity materials (web-based, electronic, print and video) for effective donor and public engagement by ChildFund — both in Country and internationally as appropriate.
  • Media Communications Management: Ensure positive portrayal of ChildFund in the media. Promoting the interests of ChildFund.
  • Advocacy: Collaborate with advocacy colleagues to define key issues, messaging, and communications channels for public advocacy initiatives and oversee the development of advocacy – oriented communications products.
  • Management of information flow between ChildFund with its external and internal stakeholders.
  • Promotion of Child Fund’s image. Carry out periodic ChildFund image audits and design strategies to enhance the image in line with the findings.
  • Manage Child Fund’s National Public Events.

EDUCATION, KNOWLEGDE AND SKILLS

  • At least a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications or closely related area
  • A Masters ‘Degree in Journalism or Mass Communication would be an added advantage.
  • Extensive computer proficiency.
  • A minimum of three (3) years hands on experience in a similar position is an advantage
  • Must be a clear, fast thinker who can define action plans and implement them.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Strong facilitation and documentation skill
  • Interpersonal and problem solving skills.
  • Strong people management and mentoring skills
  • Excellent Public Relations skills.

Personal Attributes

  • Completes tasks in a timely, cost effective way
  • Ability to take fast decisions.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple-tasks and work under pressure.
  • Should be able to work with minimum supervision
  • Should be proactive

Job application procedure
if you meet the above requirements and are interested, please submit your Applications including detailed Curriculum Vitae, academic and professional papers and names of 3 work related Referees with their Email daytime telephone contacts to:

The National Director ChildFund International

P.0 BOX 3342 KAMPALA

Email: ugandahr@childfund.org

 

OR Hand delivers to Child fund National Office located on Plot 71/72 Namirembe Road P.O. Box 3341, Kampala

NOTE: While we appreciate every response to this advert, only short listed candidates will be contacted. ChildFund is an equal opportunity employer. Application Deadline: 3rd February, 2017